One participant, Brent Blazier, has attended ever year.
"He was the first person to come on the grounds and he's still with us," she said.
Blazier, 54, of Dolly Grove, said he became interested in mules and donkeys about 28 years ago. He bred his first mule, Maxx, broke him and started riding him. Maxx is still alive and used to attend the West Virginia Mule and Donkey Show.
"Now he just hangs out on the farm," Blazier said.
Blazier has six other mules, as well as a horse and a mini-jack ass. He plans to bring two of the mules to Braxton County today.
"It's a mini vacation for me. For me, it's a good time," he said.
Carr said another participant from Pennsylvania once told her he would rather attend the West Virginia Mule and Donkey Show than his own family reunion.
Smith passed away in fall 2010 after a battle with cancer. Although Carr doesn't own a mule or donkey,
"I'm trying to keep it going with a little help," she said.
Carr said mule and donkey owners are passionate about their animals, which often have been unfairly characterized as stubborn.
She said mules and donkeys can be more obedient than horses.
"They are totally different. Their temperament, everything is different. People just love them," she said. "They're just lovable little animals."
Admission to the show is $3. It costs $5 per animal to enter the competition.